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Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens Recipe for Two

These Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens are so flavorful and juicy! They smell and taste incredible.

Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens

 

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Just apply a sweet and savory dry rub all over the hens, prop them up on open cans of beer, and let them grill.

 

The hens can also be roasted in the oven if the weather doesn’t cooperate for outdoor grilling.

 

They are easy to prepare and make a fun lunch, dinner, or date night meal for two.

 

We served ours with a baked potato and a nice side salad.

 

How to make Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens:

Preheat a grill to medium heat for indirect grilling.

 

Rinse the Cornish hens and pat dry with paper towel.

two raw Cornish game hens on a cutting board

 

In a bowl, combine the Adobo seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, poultry seasoning, and brown sugar.

 

Pour half of the beer out of each can into a glass. Drink it up if you want.

raw Cornish game hens on a cutting board next to beer and seasonings

 

Sprinkle a little bit of the seasoning into each of the half cans of beer.

 

Rub the remaining spice mixture all over the two hens.

dry rub all over two Cornish hens

 

Place the hens over the 1/2 full cans of beer.

Cornish hens propped on beer cans

 

Slide the beer cans into beer can holders on a baking sheet. Click here for beer can holders.

 

Fold the wings behind the hens to keep the tips from burning.

 

Place the baking sheet, with the hens on it, inside of the grill and close the lid.

Cornish hens on beer cans placed on a grill

 

Grill using indirect medium heat for about 45 minutes. The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit (75 degrees Celsius). A meat or instant-read thermometer is your best bet for determining the temperature of your chicken, and if you’re cooking a whole bird, it should be inserted into the thickest part of the thigh but not touching bone.

Cornish hens grilled over beer cans

 

Let set for at least 5 minutes before carefully removing the hens from beer can with tongs and an oven mitt.

 

Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens Recipe for Two

 

To bake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and bake for about 45 minutes or until done.

 

 

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Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens - serves 2
Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Rest
5 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
These Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens are so flavorful and juicy! They smell and taste incredible. Just apply a sweet and savory dry rub all over the hens, prop them up on open cans of beer, and let them grill. The hens can also be roasted in the oven
Course: Date Night, Dinner, Game Day, Lunch, Main Course, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb
Keyword: Cornish Game hens, grilled beer can chicken
Servings (Adjustable): 2
Calories: 951 kcal
Author: Zona
Ingredients
  • 2 Cornish game hens thawed
  • 2 cans beer
For the rub:
  • 1 Tablespoon Adobo seasoning with cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill to medium heat for indirect grilling.
  2. Rinse the Cornish hens and pat dry with paper towel.
  3. In a bowl, combine the Adobo seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, poultry seasoning, and brown sugar.
  4. Pour half of the beer out of each can into a glass. Drink it up if you want.
  5. Sprinkle a little bit of the seasoning into each of the half cans of beer.
  6. Rub the remaining spice mixture all over the two hens.
  7. Place the hens over the 1/2 full cans of beer.
  8. Slide the beer cans into beer can holders on a baking sheet. Click here for beer can holders.
  9. Fold the wings behind the hens to keep the tips from burning.

  10. Place the baking sheet, with the hens on it, inside of the grill and close the lid.
  11. Grill using indirect medium heat for about 45 minutes. The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius). A meat or instant-read thermometer is your best bet for determining the temperature of your chicken, and if you're cooking a whole bird, it should be inserted into the thickest part of the thigh but not touching bone.
  12. Let set for at least 5 minutes before carefully removing the hens from beer can with tongs and an oven mitt.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To bake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and bake for about 45 minutes or until done.

 

The beer is not included in the nutrition information.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens
Amount Per Serving
Calories 951 Calories from Fat 567
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 63g 97%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 454mg 151%
Sodium 281mg 12%
Potassium 1150mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 78g 156%
Vitamin A 20.1%
Vitamin C 2.7%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 23.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
These Grilled Beer Can Cornish Hens are so flavorful and juicy! They smell and taste incredible. Just apply a sweet and savory dry rub all over the hens, prop them up on open cans of beer, and let them grill. The hens can also be roasted in the oven if the weather doesn’t cooperate for outdoor grilling. They are easy to prepare and make a fun lunch, dinner, or date night meal for two. #CornishHens #GameHens #hens #poultry #DinnerForTwo #LunchForTwo #grilled #roasted

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